Oil Face Wash

April 15, 2019

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I know what you’re thinking … “oil face wash?” It may sounds counterintuitive, but hear me out. I’ve been using this for the last few years and it’s SO GOOD. My skin is more healthy, bright and hydrated than ever.

Oil cleansing is a mild way to wash your face that causes less irritation and is very effective of removing makeup and unwanted oils.

My skin is combination, so it tends to get a bit oily throughout the day, but can also dry out and be flaky. I’ve noticed a HUGE difference in how hydrated my skin stays all day and how it doesn’t tend to get as oily. Pretty crazy, right?

pump bottle of oil face wash

And this homemade oil face wash recipe is SO easy to make with a few simple ingredients that you can tweak depending on your skin type. I refill the ingredients in my glass pump jar about once a quarter, so it lasts quite a while!

Oil face wash might not be the right solution for everyone, but I’d definitely recommend giving it a try! Especially if you’re trying to use safer, more natural beauty products. Your skin is your largest organ, so it’s important to think about what it’s absorbing.


You don’t need to be exact with your measurements when making oil face wash, but it’s generally a good idea to use about 3 parts of a carrier oil(s) to 1 part specialty oil(s).

Carrier oils:

Specialty oils for dry skin:

Specialty oils for oily skin:

Specialty oils for any skin type:

I have combination skin, so the oil cleanser I’m currently using is about 3 Tbsp fractioned coconut oil (carrier oil), 3 Tbsp jojoba oil (carrier oil), 1 Tbsp rosehip oil (specialty oil), and 1 Tbsp pomegranate seed oil (specialty oil).

But I often play around with different oils when it’s time to mix up a new batch and have found you really can’t go wrong!

You can find a video tutorial of my oil skincare routine HERE.


  1. Splash warm water on face.
  2. Use a microfiber towel to gently wipe off makeup and dry face (I use tubing mascara that is removed with warm water so I don’t rub my eyes, but let the water stay on my eyelashes when I dry the rest of my face).
  3. Put a few squirts of oil face wash on your fingers and gently massage oil into the skin all around the face and neck.
  4. Get a little hot water on fingers, then gently pull off mascara tubes (if applicable).
  5. Get microfiber towel wet with hot water.  Press to face to “steam” off oil and hold for 30-60 seconds.

After cleansing at night, I use a retinol cream from my dermatologist. In the morning, I don’t oil cleanse again. I just splash my face with warm water and then use a moisturizer with spf.

Hopefully that helps on your skincare journey if you want to try an oil cleanser! Let me know how it goes for you.

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  1. Cheryl says:

    I can’t wait to try the face wash. For Dry skin what oils would I use? The three oils listed for Dry skin? Do I still
    Use Castor oil? Thank you!

  2. Lori says:

    Thank you for this ‘recipe’ – I love it! Have you ever tried adding essential oils to change the smell? Any suggestions?

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